Will 2021 be a better year for gaming than 2020?

2020 was a poor year for gaming with the major stocking issues for the next-generation consoles. This means that many are still unable to get their desired console over 12 months down the line. Even if you did manage to somehow get a next-generation console, there were hardly any decent games available for you to play and get really stuck into.

Games such as Ghosts of Tsushima and The Last Of Us 2 were good, but didn’t really demonstrate huge leaps forward. It speaks volumes about the state of gaming, when titles such as those were being touted for awards that in normal times they probably wouldn’t have been in the conversation for. That is all without even mentioning the disastrous Cyberpunk 2077.

Here we will be providing a brief online game review of the titles that have excited us the most in 2021, including some intriguing upcoming titles.

Battlefield 2042

Set to be released on November 19th, Battlefield 2042 is the latest title in the immensely popular Battlefield franchise. Seen as a more realistic and immersive alternative to the arguably more popular Call of Duty franchise, Battlefield 2042 will move away from the norm by making the entirety of the game multiplayer-only, removing the single-player campaign.

Set in the near future, the game’s setting will place the players in a world where depleting resources will see rival superpowers face off for supremacy. The game will overhaul the gaming experience by allowing cross-platform play, while players will also be able to customize their weapons and loadout during play, as opposed to doing so beforehand.

The game is currently in beta mode and has been described as “being excellent and disappointing at the same time” by COG Connected. The gameplay is immersive, with huge 128 player battles being fought on maps that are composed of multiple smaller maps stitched together in order to create points of congestion and chaos.

Hitman 3

Hitman 3

Having been released way back at the start of the year in January, Hitman 3 is the eighth installment in the Hitman franchise and the third and final installment in the World of Assassination series within the wider Hitman World. Set after Hitman, released in 2016, and Hitman 2, released in 2018, Hitman 3 sees the player finish what they started with Agent 47.

The game’s plot will see the player control the titular character as they hunt down and exterminate the leaders of the Providence group, the murky organization that is behind all of the world’s secretive occurrences. In the campaign, the player will be aided by the allies of Agent 47 as they go about bringing an end to Providence and providing some karma.

The game was released to generally positive reviews from critics and players alike with all the non-handheld gaming systems’ aggregate scores coming in at around the 86/100 mark. IGN, the popular gaming website, stated that the campaign was “rich, rewarding, and highly playable”, and this seems to be a general trend with everybody absolutely loving the game.

Far Cry 6

Having only recently been released on October 7th, Far Cry 6 is the sixth main title and fifteenth-overall title in the massive Far Cry franchise, arriving 3 years after Far Cry 5. Having been developed by Ubisoft Toronto, players can expect a game that will be immersive and engaging, just like Ubisoft Toronto’s other titles, such as Watch Dogs Legion and Far Cry 5.

The game is set on the fictional Caribbean island of Yara, which supposedly shares many similarities with Cuba, and is said to be the largest Far Cry map to date. The island is ruled by a fascist dictator, voiced by Better Call Saul’s Giancarlo Esposito, and the campaign will see the player control a freedom-fighting former conscript called Dani Rojas.

The game has been well received so far, with many stating that there seems to be a good balance, with the survival elements that made us fall in love with the franchise and the wacky craziness that has been a notable element in the more recent titles. Having been described by IGN as being the “best the series has been in ages”, players are surely in for a treat.

FIFA 22

FIFA 22

The 29th installment in the FIFA franchise, FIFA 22, was released on October 1st, featuring Paris Saint Germain and France attacker Kylian Mbappe on the cover for the second year running. The game has been generally well-received, especially when compared to recent titles, with a lot of players praising how accessible this edition is for your casual player.

It was recently reported that only around a quarter of FIFA 22’s physical sales were for the next-generation consoles, while there has been a 34% drop in physical sales overall when compared to FIFA 21. These stats should not be seen as a negative though, as they highlight that the new generation of players is embracing the new digital way of gaming.

The next-generation versions of the game will feature the new Hypermotion Technology. This addition will help improve the realism of the game by mimicking the movements of real-world players. This technology means that the FIFA team will be able to include certain physical traits unique to players and will help make the game feel much more real.

Halo Infinite

Halo Infinite isn’t available yet but will be soon, with the sixth main title in the Halo franchise set to be released On December 8th. The game was originally set to be released way back in November of 2020 but certain delays meant that it had to be pushed back by a little over 12 months, something we have seen happen to a plethora of video games.

Like Halo 5, this new title will again follow the franchise protagonist Master Chief as we once again try to save humanity from the seemingly endless swarm of enemies trying to annihilate the human race. Having been in the works since 2015, this game is long overdue and should give players a gaming experience that feels more human, according to Microsoft.